ABC News says documents disclosed in a California lawsuit show that Toyota's own technicians have re-created instances of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.
"After traveling 20-30 feet" from a stoplight," says one document quoted by plaintiffs' attorneys, "the vehicle exhibited a slight acceleration then began to accelerate on its own." According to that document, which allegedly describes a Corolla tested earlier this year, "engine speed was estimated to have gone from 1500 rpm to 5500 rpm at the time of the occurrence."
In another incident the plaintiffs cite, according to ABC, "a 2003 field technical report stated that a Toyota technician verified, in the words of the complaint, a 'surge event ... even where the scan tool showed no trouble code.'"
A Toyota spokesperson told ABC: "To date, plaintiffs have not cited a specific cause that would support their claim of a defect in Toyota's Electronic Throttle Control System."